After a long stint of the fluffy, love-struck kind, it appears vampires are once again designed to be feared. The stakes have been raised by Department 19, the debut novel from UK author Will Hill, who delivers a fantastic story with cracking pace, intelligent characters and an impressive array of monster-killing weaponry. And more importantly, sees a return to a traditional portrait of the vampire — blood-sucking monsters — that need to be slayed with the previously mentioned arsenal.
Founded in 1891 after Abraham Van Helsing and co. dusted Dracula, Department 19 came into existence for one very important reason — to protect us from the monsters that roamed the world. Now it stands, as it always has, as a top secret UK government agency run by the descendents of Van Helsing’s original party.
So when Jamie Carpenter’s mother is kidnapped by strange creatures, he is recruited into the organisation of black-clad soldiers that don’t officially exist. An organisation, it appears, he’s been destined to join. He is trained, he is tested and then given everything he needs to go rescue his mother and stake the legion of vampires that want him dead.
Department 19 is a non-stop, pulse pounding adventure, exposing the organisation’s greatest secrets, the diabolical betrayals and the fact that the world is full of monsters.
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